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Product Details

  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Brooklyn Girl Books (October 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967008980
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967008981
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,221,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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...with one bold stroke, stood up to the self-help gurus and restored to us our dignity, integrity, and respect ... -- Joshua Lamm,MD, Holliswood Hospital

A new pattern for the conscious evolution of parent-child relationships -- Kevin Jennings, Intuitive Counselor

Sensitive, articulate, and really helpful. -- Peggy O'Mara,editor and publisher of Mothering

About the Author

Carol Smaldino, CSW, a respected psychotherapist, has been in practice for twenty-five years. The mother of two children, she lives with her husband in Port Washington, New York.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karen Leonard, Ph.D. on March 14, 2004
I just happened to see a copy of In the Midst of Parenting, by Carol Smaldino, in my local coffee shop; I took a glance, long enough to know I wanted to buy my own copy. I just wanted to share some thoughts about this book, because I found it so exciting. It's about parenting, but also more than that, it's about continuing to grow- with children or without them. It has advice but it is thoughtful and it helps the reader try on different approaches. It is not a preachy book but ever so comforting for those of us in touch with many mixed feelings or mixed up feelings. And it is extremely comforting to new parents who really need permission to enjoy the ride and get good help, without listening to so much advice that's often pushy.
I found this book challenging because the author believes we need to grow- perhaps throughout life. That is good for readers like me who embrace this kind of challenge. For me it meant the challenge to be authentic but with some knowledge. I hope there will be more books like this one!
Sincerely, Karen Leonard, Ph.D.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MEME on May 29, 2010
Wow, finally an approach to parenting that you don't have to feel intimidated by and you don't have to wade though "psycho-babble". I loved reading this thoughtful, uncomplicated, "feet on the ground" theory. Carol affirms parents for loving their children and guides our sometimes flawed ways of dealing with a dilemma. The author is an obvious child advocate with great respect for the difficulties of parenting. I really appreciated her honesty and personal stories in the writing of this VERY helpful book.
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By A Customer on September 8, 2003
Having read many parenting books during my 19 plus years of parenting, I was pleasantly surprised by the refreshing eclectic approach taken by the author, Carol Smaldino. This is not a step-by-step handbook that will tell you how to raise your children, but rather a guidebook that will take your hand and walk you through the many challenges you face as a parent. Ms. Smaldino's approach is not a one-size-fits all approach, because she acknowledges that we are all individuals and that our lives and those of our children are fluid--we are on parallel journeys. Ms. Smaldino's anecdotal approach to sharing her clinical and personal knowledge and experiences with us is both informative and personal. This book contains a perfect balance of clinical information, historical perspective and real life examples. I found "In the Midst of Parenting: A Look at the Real Dramas and Dilemmas" both reassuring and reaffirming of my own childrearing philosophies. I highly recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jackson barrie on August 15, 2011
While Carol Smaldino preaches that a mother should mother according to what feels right, she did not practice that in her therapy sessions. She did not take this mother seriously and sided with a father who ended up as "an unfit father" and could not get qualify for joint custody due to his drug habits and inablity to work. Yet this author took the father's side for as long as his insurance was paying her bills. The book is very superficial - designed to sell, for money is more important than substance and professionalism to this author. Don't waste your money.
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